Year in Review: Archival History Exhibits and Public Events in 2018

ONGOING collaborative web exhibit. Curated by International Council of Archives.

ICA : 70 years of international influence

Tells the history of the International Council of Archives (ICA), from its founding in 1948 to 2018, in a “virtual exhibition.”


COMPLETED in-person exhibit. Curated by Chloe Ottenhoff. On display September 14 – December 14, 2018

Building a Library: The Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection at Illinois

Explored the history of the Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection of Italian imprints and manuscripts, which was sold and shipped from Italy to the University of Illinois library in 1921. A lecture talk was scheduled to be given in September 2018 by Eleonora Stoppino, titled “Of Lost Books, Spirited Countesses, and Bibliophiles: The Cavagna Sangiuliani Collection at Illinois.”


CONFERENCE PAPER, by Alison Fraser, University at Buffalo, was scheduled to be delivered at the American Philosophical Society’s conference The Past, Present, and Future of Libraries, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 28, 2018, celebrating the 275th anniversary of the American Philosophical Society

“From Wastebasket to Library: Creating the Twentieth Century Literary Archive”


CONFERENCE PAPER, by Jae Jennifer Rossman, Yale University Library, was scheduled to be delivered at the American Philosophical Society’s conference The Past, Present, and Future of Libraries, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 28, 2018, celebrating the 275th anniversary of the American Philosophical Society

“Changing Attitudes toward Access to Special Collections”


CONFERENCE PAPER, by Charly Jollivet, Ph.D. in archival science, TEMOS (Temps, Mondes, Sociétés – CNRS) France, was scheduled to be delivered at conférence of the International Council of Archives, Yaoundé, Cameroon, November 26, 2018, on a panel entitled “Archiving memory: Decolonization”

“Transfer of colonial archives to France. The example of Madagascar”

On the eve of independence, French archivists were dispatched to Madagascar to sort out the archives and prepare them for transfer to France. At the same time as the National Archives of Madagascar were being created, a substantial part of their collection was being taken out of the country. Taking Madagascar as an example, our intention is to reconsider how archives were transferred by the colonial powers by examining the facts, their justification and their consequences.

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